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  • This document is a compilation of the draft messages for Busan contained in the five Perspectives Notes: The enabling environment Sector strategies and country systems Fragile situations Technical co-operation Civil society actors
  • Executive summary Since the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the need to deepen understanding of effective capacity development (CD) has been a central theme of the aid effectiveness debate. There has been a growing recognition that CD is much more than the transfer of knowledge and skills to individuals. Effective CD calls for strengthening the capacity of whole organisations, sectors and systems, and takes into account the culture and context within which they exist. Training has long been a central element of many CD and Technical Co-operation (TC) ...
  • Executive summary This initiative has its origins in an emerging partnership among the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) and the Southern led CD Alliance to support the implementation of the capacity priorities of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) through to Seoul 2011. The objective is to promote practice change in capacity development (CD) through an African platform for learning, exchange of knowledge and resources on capacity development with key development actors and institutions working in the region. Understanding the CD...
  • A paper for the Cairo Workshop on Capacity Development  March 28-29, 2011 Heather Baser Produced at the request of  the Development Cooperation Directorate of the OECD, Paris  in collaboration with the  Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) There is increasing recognition of the crucial contribution that capacity makes to sustainable development. Its importance as a fundamental objective of aid is also more and more acknowledged. These trends suggest that developing countries and their partners who are committed to managing for development results (MfDR)...
  • Executive summary To "scale up" means nothing other than to increase proportionally. In the context of development policy the term "scaling up" is used to refer to increases in both funding and in the outreach of development measures. These two factors are closely linked and both are equally relevant for GIZ.  More financial resources for development cooperation (0.7 % objective, new donors etc.) should translate into more results. Even when budgets are being consolidated and funding allocations are stagnating, the calls for...
  • Capacity development is one of the key themes in the Accra Agenda for Action and both Train4Dev and LenCD have committed to taking this theme forward in a number of ways, including through multi-stakeholder processes.  The vast array of knowledge, information and initiatives currently available from multiple sources makes it clear that there is a rapidly changing dynamic around all aspects of CD.  Emerging understanding about the need for new approaches to CD is creating diverse needs for learning and change for development actors at all levels.  There is also growing...
  • Executive summary This Scoping Study, commissioned by the World Bank Institute (WBI) in collaboration with Learning for Capacity Development (LenCD), is one of a range of responses to promote more effective capacity development (CD) practices. The underlying premise is that field level practitioners in multiple constituencies would benefit from a comprehensive learning package on CD. The scope and timeframe did not allow for consultation with all possible interested parties, so this study is a first articulation of how a CD learning package may be approached. It is hoped that this paper will...
  • Contents Section 1: Introduction 1.1. Technical co-operation – the traditional aid instrument in support of capacity development 1.2. This Perspectives Note   Section 2: Reviewing the Evidence   Section 3: Summary and Operational Implications 3.1. An emerging joint consensus 3.2. Implications for attainment of AAA objectives   Section 4: Key Messages for Busan and Beyond 4.1. Busan 4.2. Thinking about increasingly operational challenges post Busan   ANNEX 1: Selected aid approaches to capacity development ANNEX 2: Key References      ...
  • Executive summary This Perspectives Note discusses opportunities for and challenges of capacity development in a sector context. It examines these challenges from an endogenous vantage point. Sectors are thus regarded first and foremost as frameworks for organizing the design and implementation of domestic development policies, rather than as instruments for structuring the delivery of aid. The endogenous perspective is, however, used to consider how external support for capacity development at sector level can be effectively provided, as an adjunct to locally driven processes This Note is...
  • Executive summary All states but the most developed and institutionalized have some elements of fragility but the most fragile  situations are characterized by weak capacity to carry out the basic functions of governing the population, low trust between the state and the population and limited political will. This Note looks at how capacity unfolds under such conditions and how the approach to capacity development needs to be modified over that used in other developing countries.  The Note draws heavily on the work done by the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF...
  • Executive Summary Within the framework of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA, art 13.b), CSOs and other non-state actors (NSAs) have an active role to play to support country development; they should therefore as well be part of country capacity development (CD) processes – both as recipients as well as providers of CD support. While acknowledging that other NSAs (e.g. political parties, local authorities, research institutes, media and the private sector) have also crucial roles to play, this note focuses on development-oriented CSOs in partner countries. It looks at two key capacity questions...
  • Executive Summary Within the framework of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA, art 13.b), CSOs and other non-state actors (NSAs) have an active role to play to support country development; they should therefore as well be part of country capacity development (CD) processes – both as recipients as well as providers of CD support. While acknowledging that other NSAs (e.g. political parties, local authorities, research institutes, media and the private sector) have also crucial roles to play, this note focuses on development-oriented CSOs in partner countries. It looks at two key capacity questions...
  • Executive Summary Within the framework of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA, art 13.b), CSOs and other non-state actors (NSAs) have an active role to play to support country development; they should therefore as well be part of country capacity development (CD) processes – both as recipients as well as providers of CD support. While acknowledging that other NSAs (e.g. political parties, local authorities, research institutes, media and the private sector) have also crucial roles to play, this note focuses on development-oriented CSOs in partner countries. It looks at two key capacity questions...
  • Executive Summary The context matters for capacity development (CD). It sets the stage on which actors pursue their interests and agendas – both of which are affected by change processes. And CD is change, in most cases producing winners and losers and reconfiguring the balance of influence and power in and between individuals, organizations and groups of organizations. This perspective paper – one of five in a series prepared by the OECD/DAC as an input to preparation of the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011 – collects evidence about how the environment can be more or...
  • Executive Summary The context matters for capacity development (CD). It sets the stage on which actors pursue their interests and agendas – both of which are affected by change processes. And CD is change, in most cases producing winners and losers and reconfiguring the balance of influence and power in and between individuals, organizations and groups of organizations. This perspective paper – one of five in a series prepared by the OECD/DAC as an input to preparation of the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011 – collects evidence about how the environment can be more or...
  • Executive Summary The context matters for capacity development (CD). It sets the stage on which actors pursue their interests and agendas – both of which are affected by change processes. And CD is change, in most cases producing winners and losers and reconfiguring the balance of influence and power in and between individuals, organizations and groups of organizations. This perspective paper – one of five in a series prepared by the OECD/DAC as an input to preparation of the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011 – collects evidence about how the environment can be more or...
  • Jeff Kwaterski, June 2010 Executive Summary Capacity Development related knowledge is expanding rapidly.   Increased recognition of the strategic importance of capacity development has led donor and development agencies to increase the documentation of effective practices, production of training modules, publication of research, and the creation of professional communities of practice.  These diverse collections of information and expertise represent the growing knowledge base on capacity development.  There is a great amount of knowledge available from an...
  • Jeff Kwaterski, June 2010 Executive Summary Capacity Development related knowledge is expanding rapidly.   Increased recognition of the strategic importance of capacity development has led donor and development agencies to increase the documentation of effective practices, production of training modules, publication of research, and the creation of professional communities of practice.  These diverse collections of information and expertise represent the growing knowledge base on capacity development.  There is a great amount of knowledge available from an...
  • by Heather Baser There is increasing recognition of the crucial contribution that capacity makes to sustainable development. Its importance as a fundamental objective of aid is also more and more acknowledged. These trends suggest that developing countries and partners who are committed to managing for development results (MfDR) need also to find ways to effectively manage for capacity results. As the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, recently noted, capacity or “the ability to get things done” goes beyond formal qualifications and technical skills development. It includes the...
  • By redirecting development assistance to local levels, capacity development can continue even amidst prolonged warfare and the collapse of a government. This was the case in Afghanistan in the 1990s, when external support could not be provided in the traditional manner through an established central authority. So UNDP began working with communities and supporting civil society organizations providing critical services. Staying engaged instead of disassociating from a difficult country may be considered a virtue in itself. More significantly in this example, keeping...